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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Daniel Ortega, Nicarguan President chooses his wife as presidential running mate




70 year old Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega picked his better half, Rosario Murillo on Tuesday to run as his vice presidential candidate ahead of November elections, and his party are heavily favoured to win a third consecutive term.

Mr Ortega, former guerrilla leader, made the announcement as he registered his own candidacy for re-election.

He has previously portrayed the “joint government” with Ms Murillo as a symbol of equality between the genders.

“We don’t doubt that (the vice presidential candidate) had to be a woman, and who better than the partner who has already been tested with work and proved to be very efficient and disciplined?” said Mr Ortega, cheered by dozens of supporters.

Ms Murillo previously served as the government’s chief spokeswoman. The November 6th vote will also elect Nicaragua’s 90-member national assembly.

Mr Ortega initially ruled the Central American country in the 1980s and returned to power as leader of the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party in 2007.

Ms Murillo has been affiliated with the FSLN since the 1970s. The couple were married in 2005.

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